Bright the cloud and bright the glory

Bright the cloud and bright the glory

Author: Carl P. Daw
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1 Bright the cloud and bright the glory,
brighter far than mere sun's rays,
opening up a glimpse of heaven
to disciples' awestruck gaze:
power past their comprehension,
splendour too profound for praise.
All was changed, all was changed;
and they would never be the same.

2 Bright the cloud but dark the glory
wrought by human enterprise,
opening wide with awful terror
stark new worlds before our eyes:
power grasped but far from mastered,
knowledge keen but not yet wise.
All has changed, all has changed,
and we shall never be the same.

3 From the cloud and from the glory
human need brought Jesus down:
down to death, then from death rising
to receive a victor's crown.
Lead us, Christ, to prize compassion
more than might, wealth, or renown.
Help us change, help us change,
that we may never be the same.

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Author: Carl P. Daw

The Reverend Carl P. Daw, Jr. Curator of Hymnological Collections Adjunct Professor of Hymnology B.A. Rice University M.A. University of Virginia M.Div. University of the South Ph.D. University of Virginia D. D. Virginia Theological Seminary The Reverend Dr. Carl P. Daw Jr., is an Episcopal priest and writer who served as the Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada from 1996 to 2009, while this ecumenical and international organization had its headquarters at Boston University School of Theology. Dr. Daw continues as an Adjunct Professor of Hymnology in the Master of Sacred Music program and acts as the Curator of the Hymnological Collections in the STH Library. In addition to his experience… Go to person page >

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First Line: Bright the cloud and bright the glory
Author: Carl P. Daw
Meter: with refrain
Publication Date: 2005
Copyright: © 1995 Hope Publishing Company


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